Ohio man apologizes to family of victims before execution

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio killer has been executed, after using his final words to repeatedly apologize to family members of his two victims.

Donald Palmer’s death came about 23 years after he shot and killed two men he didn’t know along a rural road.

Before the execution, Palmer addressed six women who were the widows, daughters and a niece of the men he killed. He said, “I want you to know I’ve carried you in my heart for years and years.” He said, “I’m so sorry for what I took from you.” Palmer added, “I hope your pain and hurt die with me today.”

Shortly after his statement, intravenous lines in both of his arms began delivering a fatal dose of pentobarbital.

A few of the women said afterward that they believed that the apology was sincere, but that it was too little, too late. The widow of one of the victims said, “In my eyes, he didn’t deserve any sympathy.”

According to court records, Palmer and a friend had been staking out the home of a man who had once dated his ex-wife. One man rear-ended Palmer’s truck and was shot. The other was a passing driver who came across the killing and was also shot.

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